Days of Comics Past

A calendar of notable events across the comic book world.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Events for December 31

Steve Rude, creator of Nexus, is born in Madison, WI on Dec 31, 1956.

The last Calvin and Hobbes comic strip is printed on Dec 31, 1995.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Events for December 28

On a soul-shattering, pulse-pounding day, Smilin' Stan Lee, comic creator extraordinare, makes his astonishing debut from Mrs. Lee to an eagerly awaiting world on Dec 28, 1922. Excelsior!

Chris Ware, creator of the ACME Novelty Library and Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, is born in a far less alliterative manner on Dec 28, 1967.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Events for December 27

Marvel Entertainment Group files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Dec 27, 1996.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Events for December 26

Steve Roper and Mike Nomad end their syndicated newspaper comic strip run (which began in 1936 as The Great Gusto) on Dec 26, 2004.

Bud Blake, creator of the syndicated comic strip Tiger, passes away on Dec 26, 2005, in Portland, ME at the age of 87.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Events for December 25

Burne Hogarth, comic artist for Tarzan, is born on Dec 25, 1911.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Events for December 24

Gardner Fox, seminal Silver Age DC Comics writer, passes away at the age of 75 on Dec 24, 1986.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Events for December 22

Tony Isabella, creator of Black Lightning, is born on Dec 22, 1951.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Events for December 21

Frank Hampson, creator of Dan Dare, is born in Manchester, England on Dec 21, 1918.

John Severin, EC Comics and Marvel Comics artist, is born on Dec 21, 1921.

Sheldon "Shelly" Mayer, comic book writer, artist, and editor, passes away at the age of 73 on Dec 21, 1991.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Events for December 18

Riyoko Ikeda, one of the first prominent female mangaka (Japanese manga artists), is born in Osaka, Japan on Dec 18, 1947.

Rafael Fornes Collado
, Cuban cartoonist who produced the Don Sabino and Jose Delores newspaper strips, passes away in Havana, Cuba at the age of 88 on Dec 18, 2005.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Events for December 15

Kurt Schaffenberger, Silver Age Superman artist, is born on Dec 15, 1920 in Germany.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Events for December 14

Jack Cole, creator of Plastic Man, is born on Dec 14, 1914 in New Castle, PA.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Events for December 13

Joseph Michael Linsner, comic book artist and creator of Dawn, is born on Dec 13, 1968.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Events for December 12

Dan DeCarlo, creator of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats, is born in New Rochelle, NY on Dec 12, 1919.

Joe Kubert, comic artist and founder of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, is born on Dec 12, 1926.

Peyo (Pierre Culliford), creator of the Smurfs (Schtroumpfs), passes away at the age of 64 on Dec 12, 1992.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Events for December 11

John Buscema, Marvel Comics artist, is born on Dec 11, 1927.

Peter Bagge, creator of HATE Comix, is born on Dec 11, 1957.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Events for December 8

Erik Larsen, Image Comics founder, creator of Savage Dragon, and current Image Comics Publisher, is born in Minneapolis, MN on Dec 8, 1962.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Events for December 6

Paul Jenkins, writer for Marvel's Peter Parker: Spider-Man and DC/Vertigo's Hellblazer, is born on Dec 6.

Leonard Kirk
, artist for DC's JSA and Supergirl, is born on Dec 6.

Frank Springer, artist on Marvel's The Transformers and co-creator of The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist, is born on Dec 6, 1929.

Robin Riggs, comic book penciller and inker, is born on Dec 6, 1961.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Events for December 4

J. Scott Campbell, creator of Danger Girl, is born on Dec 4, 1973.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Events for December 2

Jack Davis, artist for EC Comics and Mad and Playboy magazines, is born on Dec 2, 1924 in Atlanta, GA.

John Hankiewicz, writer/artist for indie comic Tepid, is born on Dec 2, 1971.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Events for December 1

Joe Quesada, penciller and current Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, is born on Dec 1, 1962.

Matt Fraction, writer of Five Fists of Science and Last of the Independents, is born.

Events for December

1941: First appearance of Wonder Woman in All-Star Comics #8

1956: Bill Willingham, creator of Elementals and Fables, is born in Fort Belvoir, VA.

1967: Emanuel "Mac" Raboy, artist for Fawcett Comics, passes away.

1977: Dave Sim's Cerebus #1 is published. The same month and year, Will Eisner publishes A Contract With God, arguably the first graphic novel.

1986: Marvel Comics publishes The 'Nam #1. It is the first monthly war comic to appear for several decades, and begins in "real time," with 30 days elapsing in the comic world between each issue.

2001: Dan DeCarlo, creator of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats, passes away at the age of 82.